After enjoying the Thanksgiving break, the Lady Raiders have been labeled one of the top teams around. Lumberton tacked on another win to the column against Huffman before heading to Navasota for a rigorous tournament. Playing six games over three days and earning a record of 4-2, the Lady Raiders came back to L-Town just outside a podium finish. Fourth place is where they ended their weekend; leaving them hungry for more. District play began Tuesday night in Jaguar country as Central hosted the Lady Raiders, and it was just as close as expected.
Lumberton took an early and dominant lead through the first period. Using their strength, the Lady Raiders found success in their game plan. Play hard on the inside, and then work around the outside. The tide would shift during the second period as the Lady Jaguars adjusted their defense to slow Lumberton down. With Lumberton out of their rhythm, Central capitalized on their end of the court regaining the lead heading into the locker room. Trailing 22-20, Lumberton needed to settle down and not play into Central’s strong speed.
The second half began with turnovers before the Lady Raiders tacked any points on the board. Struggles continued throughout the thirds quarter leaving Central with plenty of room to work. Lumberton stayed on their toes keeping within striking distance for the remainder of the half. Going into the 4th period; Lady Raiders only trailed by one. Between the third and fourth periods Head Coach Jason Sanders shifted back to the original strategy. The adjustments paid off for the Lady Raiders.
Momentum swung back in the direction of the blue bench, and with it the atmosphere in the gym. Home fans were more vocal and supportive of their Lady Jaguars. Senior Alix Sellers showed her athleticism at both ends of the court. Sellers took advantage of the loose ball handling, coming away with steals and the fast breaks to follow. The teamwork of the Lady Raiders excelled until the final buzzer. Lumberton came away with the nail biting victory. Earning their first win in district play, 46-42, Head Coach Jason Sanders was more than elated with their performance. “It’s amazing, always good to start district play with a win. The girls earned every bit of it tonight against a very tough team,” stated Sanders following the contest. Lumberton will be back at home this Friday in a non-district matchup against Legacy Christian with tipoff slated for 7:30pm.